CAHS Retirement Recognition Scheduled for August 12

Summer is typically a time of excitement and fun, but for the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, the summer of 2016 is filled with mixed emotions as several well known and beloved faculty and staff members will retire. Retiring are Freddie L. Richards, Victor G. Stanley, Barbara M. Johnson and Mrs. Rita L. Jackson-Lovett.

The College will hold a retirement celebration on Friday, August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. In the University’s Bistro 1876 Restaurant. The entire College is welcome to attend this special event that will recognize their years of service and dedication. A biography of each retiree will be shared at the celebration, but below is information about when each joined PVAMU.

Dr. Freddie L. Richards joined the University as Dean of the College of Agriculture in 1976. He continued to distinguish himself by establishing the International Dairy Goat Research Center, now known as the International Goat Research Center. He holds degrees from Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University and Penn State University.

Dr. Victor G. Stanley was hired in 1980 when he joined the faculty ranks specializing in poultry. He has mentored countless students into veterinary schools and PhD programs over the years. He earned degrees from Tuskegee University and Texas A&M University.

Dr. Barbara M. Johnson, a New Jersey native, joined the College as a research veterinarian in 1987. Before being hired, Dr. Johnson worked at Texas A&M University in animal reproduction. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Tuskegee University where she also completed her undergraduate degree.

Mrs. Rita L. Jackson-Lovett began her career at PVAMU in 1985 as a clerk typist. Prior to her working with the International Goat Research Center, she was a buyer for a boutique in Hempstead utilizing her fashion merchandising degree. Over the years, she’s taken the lead over many projects pertaining to the goat center.

James Palmer


James Palmer, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs
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